What will I learn?

Overview

La Trobe's Bachelor of Veterinary Biosciences gives you a strong, scientific foundation and the essential, practical experience you need to start working with domesticated and wild animals. Through your study of animal sciences, complemented with biology and chemistry, you'll graduate ready to work in the animal industries.

From July, these terms will commence every six weeks, so international students can begin studying online now and be ready to join us on campus once borders reopen.

You'll learn:

Animal science

Build important foundations in all aspects of animal science, including animal health, nutrition, physiology, welfare, reproduction and management.

Zoology

Gain an understanding of the many types of animals, their ecology and behaviour.

Microbiology

Learn about microorganisms, how they live, how they work and how they cause disease.

Metabolic biochemistry

Become familiar with the underlying biochemical processes that occur in animals, including those used to generate energy to maintain body functions.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognized in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Career Outcomes

Animal scientists can find work across almost any industry related to animals. As a graduate, you'll be ready to apply for a large variety of roles including:

Animal pathologist

Specialize in diagnosing animal diseases by examining tissue and bodily fluids.

Conservation scientist

Use your knowledge to protect wildlife and improve land usage for governments, farmers and other stakeholders.

Microbiologist

Study bacteria, viruses and fungi to understand how they contribute to health and sickness in animals.

Animal health officer

Inspect facilities to ensure animal health, sanitation and wellbeing. This may include livestock markets, hatcheries, pet stores, animal quarantines, labs and feedlots.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences may apply for membership with Ag Institute Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Which department am I in?

Department of Science and Biosciences

CRICOS

060348G

Study options

Full Time (3 years (Study online now and on campus later))

Tuition fees
A$36,200.00 (US$ 25,181) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 July 2020

Venue

Albury-Wodonga Campus

133 McKoy Street,

WEST WODONGA,

Victoria,

3690, WODONGA, Australia

Full Time (3 years (Study online now and on campus later))

Tuition fees
A$36,200.00 (US$ 25,181) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 July 2020

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with a certain grade. International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels); or Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level), Over six subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper based - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT) - Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing; Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 169 with no less than 169 in any component; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Chisholm Institute
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About this uni

Research carried out at La Trobe University is ranked among the top 1.4% in the world and the institute offers world-class facilities.

  • Professional teaching environments and links to industries
  • One-to-one support for international students on any issue
  • Career Ready team help students prepare post-graduation life
  • Melbourne is ranked as the fifth best student city in 2017